Melissa Obiso, co-founder of Attimo Winery, is an architect and heads Inkworks Architecture. She designed Attimo Winery's tasting room which will celebrate its ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 2:00 PM in Riner, Virginia. While Melissa's portfolio includes new homes, additions and renovations, this was her first design for a winery tasting room.
Handshake 2.0 asked Melissa Obiso: "What did you learn from designing a wine tasting room?"
Melissa Obiso kindly answered:
Attimo Winery's tasting room was my first commercial experience since I started Inkworks in 1999. As Architect and Owner at the same time, I gained an amazing insight into the emotions and concerns that my clients are typically experiencing during construction. I truly expect that this has already made me a better Architect, being able to better represent my clients and their best interests. It also reinforced for me how much I love what I do.
More on the ribbon-cutting ceremony, grand opening and winery from Attimo Winery:
The Attimo Winery Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, co-sponsored by Montgomery County and Radford City Chambers of Commerce, will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 15, 2011.
Attimo Winery is located at 4025 and 4071 Childress Road, Christiansburg, Virginia, between Radford and Riner, Montgomery County, in the heart of the New River Valley. Here's a Google Maps link.
On August 26, 2011, The Grand Opening Dinner will feature a cocktail hour, a four-course dinner, and a cake made by Charm City Cakes (Baltimore, MD) as seen on Food Network's Ace of Cakes. Tickets for the Grand Opening Dinner are on sale now by calling the winery.
Attimo Winery has planted nearly 10,000 grape vines on its 17-acre property in Montgomery County and leases vineyards in both Roanoke and Albemarle Counties in Virginia.
According to Attimo Winery co-owner, Richard Obiso, Ph.D., "We are pleased to finally open Attimo Winery and bring the farm winery experience to Montgomery County. This is a great economic driver for Montgomery County, and is a new opportunity for Virginia wine lovers throughout the Commonwealth."
Attimo Winery co-owner, Melissa Obiso, reflects: "We have created a winery with a relaxed atmosphere where visitors can come to learn something new and meaningful about wines. We offer seated tastings and we want people to feel at home during their experience at Attimo Winery."
Attimo Winery has spent the last several years developing the vineyards, building the tasting room, and completing the first major harvest (fall 2010). Attimo Winery has made 10 different wines from the 2010 harvest, with nine of them available now for purchase. The winery has plans to open limited food service in August, 2011 with open areas for picnics and weddings, and host wine education and wine appreciation classes as well as classes on wine and cheese making.